Institute of Cape Wine Masters

The title of Cape Wine Master is one of the most sought after academic qualifications in the South African Wine Industry.


Over the last 37 years, 106 candidates have qualified to become Cape Wine Masters and a further three were awarded the title of Honorary Cape Wine Masters, bringing the total number to 109.



Upon graduating as a Cape Wine Master, one automatically becomes a member of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters (ICWM).

Its members comprise of an active group of knowledgeable people who are formally qualified, objective, passionate and informed on local and international wine matters.

The purpose of the ICWM is to harness the collective ability of its members to open the world of wine and brandy to others, through their knowledge, deep understanding, and love for wine.

Cape Wine Masters are expected to:


promote wine and spirit education in South Africa at all levels


promote the growth and responsible use of wine


promote the image of the ICWM by enhancing its credibility, visibility and recognition


be an ambassador of wine

The ICWM is managed by an Executive Committee consisting of six members, democratically chosen at the AGM held every year in May. The members for the period  May 2021 – May 2022 are:

Chairperson – Jacques Steyn
Vice-chairperson & Educom Representative – Heidi Duminy
Treasurer – Tom Blok
Secretary – Debi van Flymen
Southern Representative – Harry Melck
Northern Representative – Kristina Beuthner